Away from the two main groups of ours queuing for funicular cable car for nearly an hour, three of us, our guest Maria from Germany, willing to walk all the way to and from the summit, my colleague Cat and myself took a route seemingly the least populous, like this.
So-called Biwa waterfall trail, one of the oldest trails of this region to Kasumidai Terrace located at the same altitude of upper Funicular cable car station, Trail No.1 jammed with tourists, yet with some space for walking, Main site of Yakuo-in temple ( We always took an internal back road), and finally descending to the backyard of Yakuo-in to walk up so-called Mt. Fuji trail to the summit.
Taking a luncheon somewhere farther than the summit or descending to Uratakao with bus connection to Takao Station in mind, we miraculously managed to get a table around the summit while so many people were eating on the ground even very close to a toilet, and took Inariyama trail for descent as scheduled only with a very short stop.
My colleague Cat always led the tour nicely with a bit of contribution of my own on plants.
Our guest, Maria generously told us that she also enjoyed this venturesome tour of November 20.
We were more than happy, indeed. (by Sumo)
(Summit area with full of people)